Kidney stones are a common disease. According to statistics, the global incidence of kidney stones is about 10% to 15%.
According to traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, fruits rich in vitamin B1 and vitamin C have the effect of dissolving stones.
Eat lots of calcium (and vitamin D). If your calcium intake is low, oxalate levels may rise. It’s preferable to get your calcium from food, rather than from supplements, as these have been linked to kidney stone formation. Good sources of calcium include milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and other types of cheeses. Vegetarian sources of calcium include legumes, calcium-set tofu, dark green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and blackstrap molasses. If you don’t like the taste of cow’s milk, or, if it doesn’t agree with you, try lactose-free milk, fortified soy milk, or goat’s milk. Also make sure to include foods high in vitamin D each day. Vitamin D helps the body absorb more calcium. Many foods are fortified with this vitamin. It’s also found in fatty fishes, such as salmon, mushrooms, and cheese.
Watermelon is a good source of vitamin B1 and vitamin C, kidney stone patients can try to eat more watermelon.
In addition, watermelon has a water content of up to 95%, which is a natural diuretic. It has a certain effect on expelling some small kidney stones.
The formation of kidney stones is closely related to oxalic acid and calcium in food. Therefore, kidney stone patients should avoid eating fruits containing oxalic acid, such as blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, grapes, oranges, dates and tangerines.
Food and drinks to avoid on a kidney stone diet
Limit salt. High sodium levels in the body, can promote calcium buildup in urine. Avoid adding salt to food, and check the labels on processed foods to see how much sodium they contain. Fast food can be high in sodium, but so can regular restaurant food. When you’re able, ask that no salt be added to whatever you order on a menu. Also, take note of what you drink. Some vegetable juices are high in sodium.
Lower your animal protein intake. Many sources of protein, such as red meat, pork, chicken, poultry, and eggs, increase the amount of uric acid you produce. Eating large amounts of protein also reduces a chemical in urine called citrate. Citrate’s job is to prevent the formation of kidney stones. Alternatives to animal protein include quinoa, tofu (bean curd), hummus, chia seeds, and Greek yogurt. Since protein is important for overall health, discuss how much you should eat daily with your doctor
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